Tuesday, June 15, 2010

10-year-old boy accidentally shoots teenager dead in Davao

DAVAO City, Philippines - A 10-year-old boy accidentally shot dead a teenager while playing with his father's .357 revolver inside their home in Calinan district, Davao City, Monday night.

Killed was 15-year-old Jerson Tayco, an employee of the boy's family. He died of a single gunshot wound in the chest.

Investigators said that according to the boy, Tayco asked him if he could borrow a cell phone charger. Instead of finding a charger, the boy discovered a gun from his father's bag.

The boy pulled it out and then playfully pointed it at Tayco.

Thinking the gun was just a toy, the boy pulled the trigger, fatally hitting the victim in the chest.

Chief Inspector Ariel Acala, Calinan district police chief, said the incident happened inside the house of the boy's family along McArthur Highway around 8:30 p.m..

Acala said the incident was reported to the police station at past 10 p.m.

He said the boy has been referred to the police's Women and Children's Desk while his father is now being subjected to investigations.

Acala said the boy's father claims he just picked up the gun, but instead of surrendering it to the police, he decided to hide it in his room. -- Report from Francis Magbanua, ABS-CBN Southern Mindanao